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Nikk Wong lives on North Beacon Hill and wonders if a plane might one day crash on his house.
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Is a plane from Sea-Tac going to crash onto your house?

Seattleites worry a lot about disasters. Earthquakes, landslides, forest fires (or at least the smoke from them) ... Then there's the concern that a plane might land on your head.

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Forest fire smoke obscures the Space Needle on Tuesday.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Ian Bailey, a reporter for the Globe and Mail, about the provincewide state of emergency in British Columbia due to the ongoing wildfires.

Those fires are causing a smoky summer in Seattle. Erik Saganic of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency gives us an update on when we can expect the wind to clear out our skies.

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Ross Reynolds talk to Sarah Sumadi, senior program manager at One America, and Aliya Haq, nutrition services supervisor with the International Community Health Services, about a rule change that could allow federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they've used public benefits.

Aliya talks about the immigrants who have already chosen to stop receiving benefits with her group, for fear it would affect their immigration status.

Carolyn Beans is a freelance science journalist living in Washington, D.C. She specializes in ecology, evolution, and health.

In Washington, D.C., Peter Rabbit regularly challenges me to stop wasting food. On a billboard hovering beyond my local grocery store and on posters on bus stop shelters, he casually chomps on a carrot while leaning on big bold letters: "Better Ate Than Never."

Enter The Legend: 'Dragon' Turns 45

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When the seminal martial arts film Enter the Dragon premiered in August 1973 — 45 years ago this weekend — it was exactly what Bruce Lee had been waiting for: A starring role in a Hollywood production.

Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?

Give up? Mmhmm.

You got it! Mmhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Once upon a time, English speakers didn't say "mmhmm." But Africans did, according to Robert Thompson, an art history professor at Yale University who studies Africa's influence on the Americas.

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Right now, the markets are brimming with berries. Charlie Dunmire is scoping out the berries at the stands, taking mental notes before deciding which ones she’ll buy.

“Blackberries and raspberries are perfect for cakes right now because you can just stuff them in between the layers,” she said. “You don’t have to cook them down or anything, it’s so nice."

A sign on Interstate 82 welcomes visitors to Yakima
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Kim Malcolm talks with Yakima Herald editorial page editor Sam McManis about why he published an editorial denouncing President Trump's attacks on the press. The Yakima Herald joined hundreds of newspapers across the country that published editorials promoting press freedoms.

How we realized we needed to question other people's biases

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Early in her career as a college administrator, Yoshiko Harden gave a professional presentation and this is the response she got. Her daughter, Leila Abe, interviews her for this podcast
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Everyday we encounter things we don’t question and just accept. Things like stop signs: why are they octagons? And fire trucks: why are they red? At first, these things don’t seem significant, but do they give us an inside view on how we see the rest of the world?

Take awkward social interactions, for example. How do we know if they're awkward because of race? In this RadioActive podcast, we explore the concepts of implicit bias and social behavior, and how that plays out for different people in everyday life.

Dr. Jodi Jackson has worked for years to address infant mortality in Kansas. Often, that means she is treating newborns in a high-tech neonatal intensive care unit with sophisticated equipment whirring and beeping. That is exactly the wrong place for an infant like Lili.

Lili's mother, Victoria, used heroin for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy and hated herself for it. (NPR is using her first name only, because she has used illegal drugs.)

Editor's note: Story updated with additional information about generic pricing on August 17.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first identical alternative to the EpiPen, which is widely used to save children and adults suffering from dangerous allergic reactions.

The FDA Thursday authorized Teva Pharmaceuticals USA to sell generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr for adults and children who weigh more than 33 pounds.

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